This month is full of joy and hope and it is a lovely moment to think about all the things that happened this year. Today I am bringing you a tea meditation to help you contemplate over the year that will end soon, over a cup of tea. Let the Christmas atmosphere surround you with this meditation.
Close your eyes and imagine quiet village covered in white fluffy snow. It is evening and the houses are decorated with colorful Christmas lights. You approach them and admire every courtyard. They are all ready for the holidays and they are very welcoming.
Inside the houses you can see beautifully decorated Christmas trees and people are warm and cozy inside their homes. You can almost hear the sound of carols surrounding you everywhere. Listen to them and let their joy fill you.
This gives you a warm feeling. Seeing so much calm, peace and joy puts a smile on your face and you are happy to see happiness in the world. You lift your gaze towards the sky and you see the big snowflakes starting to fall. You watch them dancing all around and admire their perfection. One of the snowflakes landed on your glove and you take a closer look at its shape. It is beautiful and it quickly melts, transforming into water.
Prepare your tea
You hurry up to you own joyfully decorated and warm home. Stepping inside the warmth of you place melts away the cold and prepares you for enjoying a moment of calmness. Being in front of a fireplace, close to your loved ones completes the image full of peace and joy.
Now you are going to your stove to put some water to boil. This atmosphere is perfect for enjoying a hot cup of tea. You carefully choose your tea and grab your favorite mug.
When the water is ready, you pour it in the mug over the tea leaves. Watching the leaves dancing in the water makes you anticipate the tea flavor you will soon enjoy.
Having your freshly brewed tea, take a deep breath and clear your mind of any thoughts. Just feel the warmth that surrounds you and let that smile linger on your face for a bit longer. Enjoy the empty mind for few moments and take some deep breaths. Let the fresh air clean the space in your mind. Take each breath mindfully, do not rush and be present for every part of the breathing process.
Think about the past year
Start thinking about the year that is about to end. What is the first thing that comes in your mind?
What type of memory is it?
Does it bring you joy?
Do not judge the feeling you have regarding it. Just think about it, as now it is a part of you and your past. Do not dwell on the past, we are here to learn how to accept it and how to accept ourselves just the way we are. With every experience we go through, we become stronger. We are building our personality with every step we take throughout our lives.
With every moment that goes by, we are transforming. Every experience we go through is shaping us. Learning to accept who we are is one of the most important steps towards mindfulness.
Think about a happy moment. Bring it back to your mind and re-live it. Feel the joy it brought you when it happened. Open your heart and welcome all the joyful moments you experienced. Bring them back and let them fill your heart.
Spread the happiness
Imagine that a big bubble of happiness and joy surrounds you. Think about spreading that joy to the entire room or space you are now. Then try to send it further to the people you love but are not close to you. Let them all experience the joy and send them all the happiness you feel now. Expand your bubble even further now; send your joy to the entire world.
Take few deep breaths.
Bring back your thoughts to the joyful Christmas atmosphere and the warm cup of tea in front of you. Take few sips of tea and feel its flavor. Let the warmth of the tea enhance the cozy atmosphere.
Think about a goal you achieved this year. What was your proudest moment this year?
Take your time and let yourself rewind the events that happened to lead to you achieving those goals.
Now that you are charged with positive energy, embrace this lovely way of celebrating the end of the year and welcoming the New Year.
Open your heart and welcome all the new moments and experiences yet to come.